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Research, commentary, and events

  • Research Brief

    How can emerging technologies shape culture?

    A team of researchers from RAND Europe and Frazer Nash Consulting conducted a study for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to assess the cultural implications of future technological developments, focusing specifically on the information environment.

  • Commentary

    Directed Energy Dilemmas

    Directed energy weapons (DEW) are part of a layered approach to integrated air and missile defence. But with wide-ranging and disruptive implications for defence budgets and for industry that have only just begun to be considered, could the military impact of this possible DEW revolution be just the tip of the iceberg?

  • Commentary

    Public Finance Initiative Problems? The Challenges of Long-Term Defence Acquisition in a Rapidly Changing World

    Future-proofing defense equipment acquisition remains a perplexing and wicked problem for policymakers, but one that merits ever greater attention. Acquisition decisionmakers would benefit from greater use of robust decisionmaking tools and methods to help them identify options that could increase the UK's operational (and financial) resilience for multiple different futures.

  • Report

    AUKUS Collaboration on Responsible Military AI

    Collaborating with allies and partners is important to the advancement of military artificial intelligence. What are the challenges that could inhibit or prevent the co-development of AI between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (AUKUS) as they face rising threats from China?

  • Commentary

    Directed Energy: The Focus on Laser Weapons Intensifies

    Directed energy weapons offer a more cost-efficient means of dealing with fast-proliferating threats. If the technology can be matured, such systems could tip both the military and economic calculus of modern warfare in their users' favor.

  • Report

    Making Sense of Pathogen Surveillance

    Pathogen surveillance—collecting and sharing data about infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance—informs key public health decisions. What pathogen surveillance initiatives exist currently? And what are the main challenges they face?

  • Commentary

    Counting LGBTQ+ Lives in England and Wales: A critical reflection on emerging findings from the 2021 census

    A RAND Europe analysis of the census data in England and Wales identified inequalities among LGBTQ+ people in relation to their general health, daily activities, highest qualifications and employment.

  • Commentary

    Realising the promise of the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy

    Drawing on a body of RAND research on the UK defence industrial base, R&D and technology, researchers reflect on areas of emerging challenges to implementing the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS) published in March 2021.

  • Commentary

    Science and technology as a tool of power: An appraisal

    In the 2021 Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, the UK Government expressed an ambition to use science and technology (S&T) as a tool of power and an integral part of its national security strategy. Researchers highlight the critical enablers for a successful realisation of this ambition, including conceptual, practical and financial levers.

  • Commentary

    'Truth Decay' in Europe Is Real, but Its Advance Can Be Slowed

    Though present in Europe, the evidence suggests that trends of Truth Decay are not as widespread or as pronounced as they are in the United States. There is still time for policymakers to intervene and limit their growth.

  • Project

    Future uses of space out to 2050

    To support the UK's National Space Strategy and ensure that it is more ‘future proof’, researchers recommend the UK work more closely with allies, foster innovation, and more.

  • Project

    Realising the ambitions of the UK’s Defence Space Strategy

    Researchers examined the factors influencing the implementation of the Defence Space Strategy to 2030 as well as the unique attributes of the UK space enterprise—including its strengths and weaknesses. They include a decision support tool to help decision makers navigate capability management choices along the 'own-collaborate-access' framework articulated in the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy.

  • Project

    Integrating channels of communication to achieve influence

    Researchers are identifying strategies, approaches, methods and tools that UK Defence can implement to design multi-channel influence campaigns aimed at overseas audiences, comprising both online and offline forms of communication, and developing ways to monitor and measure the campaigns' effectiveness..

  • Project

    Protecting human rights in the digital age

    Interventions to foster and strengthen safeguards for human rights in the digital age take place in a rapidly evolving technology, political and socio-cultural landscape. Several overarching principles could inform and guide organisations' capacity-building efforts.

  • Project

    Innovative technologies shaping the 2040 battlefield

    Technological change alone is unlikely to fundamentally alter the nature of the future battlefield but will continue to shape the character of warfare. The full effect of technological advances may only materialise in conjunction with enabling infrastructure or other technologies and, in Europe, may be shaped by EU-specific enablers and barriers.